King's Slipper | The Tap Brewing Company

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King's SlipperKing's Slipper

Brewed by:
The Tap Brewing Company
Massachusetts, United States

Style: Belgian Dark Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.20%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by Todd on 06-13-2004

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 12 |  Reviews: 12
Reviews by goz:
Photo of goz
4.38/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep brown/mahogany, with a medium tan head, a small bit of which lasts, leaving sticky sheets of lace. Aroma is sweetish, caramel, and a bit of spice. Falvor starts with some sweetness, caramel and toffee, and ends with a slight bitterness and a good peppery spice. Medium-full bodied, with multiple layers of flavors that really shine as the brew approaches room temp.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of Todd
4.52/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

On tap @ The Tap.

Cloudy brown with a light garnet hue. Clumpy off-white, tight lace. Light stick and stay. Toasty, old-fashioned malted milk shake aroma.

Initial smoothness on the palate followed by faint of bubble-gum flavors in the front, then toasty malts, light carob and malted milk balls. Light fruitiness and tea-like herbal character. Some malty breadiness. A wonderfully distinct and spicy white pepper pulls through the malt and blends with a gentle hop bitterness. Finishes with an unusual mandarin orange sweetness.

Holy hell! This is an outstanding Belgian-style offering! Complex, well-balanced and highly drinkable.

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Photo of OldFrothingSlosh
4.33/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A wonderful finishing beer at the BBF.

Color is a deeply-hued cherry wood in color. Chunky, creamy-smooth layer of off-white lace. Lacing? Muchly so. Aromas are a blend of malty sweetness (maybe "malted" flavoring?), sweet chocolate, some ripened dark fruit, and spices. Flavor starts with some malted dark fruit and gives way to a spicy/peppery middle and fades to a slightly dry and hoppy finish, with a hint of estery fruit. Complex....but crafted with the skill of a fine artisan. Good mouthfeel and supremely drinkable. Dann is the man! (again!!)

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Photo of smcolw
3.95/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served at the Anam Cara Pub in Brighton in a trappist glass; Looks like a porter. Thin house, with slippery lace; dark reddish brown.

The aroma features dark chocolate malt that wafts richly from the glass. Very powerful. The flavor is strong dark malt with a slight sweetness and a light touch of hop. Strongly reminiscent of scotch ale. The body is moderate, although high in carbonation, slightly oily. A very nice treat.

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Photo of konabrewer
4.44/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Anam Cara Publick House.
Poured as a large sample into a simple wine glass.

Deep brown with a slight cloudy appearance.
Adequate carbonation, however lacked the fluffy, billowing head expected; due to the small glass.

Aromas of spice, toasted (maybe biscuity) malt, and barely some pepper. Exceptional aroma!!!

Malted milk with toffee undertones, werther's??
i love this aspect and at ~6%, perfect for me personally. Right up my alley so to speak.

Nice and drinkable, another solid offering from Dann and the Tap.
I will probably add more comments once I get to try more...

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Photo of taez555
4.3/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a trappist ale chalice at Anam Cara during the red sox 11-0 shut out of the A’s.

This beer poured a brown body with a white head. The body was actually rather clear, or as clear as a dark brown body can be.

The nose and taste were dominated by brown sugar, molasses, toffee, caramel and smooth rich malt. Medium bodied and very drinkable. There’s an even bitterness from start to finish with not much of a hop presence. The story of this beer though is really the sugary sweet burnt brown sugar and caramel taste.

Really an outstanding beer. I’m sure my review doesn’t do it justice. It actually reminds me of a nice German alt at times. The burnt sugary sweetness never once becomes sickly sweet; it’s so perfectly balanced. Had the game gone on longer I was ready to stick with this the rest of the night. I really need to go to Haverhill one of these days.

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Photo of waughbrew
4.57/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a medium-dark brown with a small creamy cap that stayed around as a fuzz for the whole time. Smell is cotton candy and bubble gum with peppery phenolics - quite a beautiful yeast shows here. Flavor has the pepper complementing a toffee and brown sugar sweetness that never gets cloying. The body is medium-thin and the carbonation is rather high, but it works well in the way that great Belgians do with a creamy foaming character on the tongue. Drinkability is great - especially for a beer that leans toward the sweet side.
This is one of those beers that I could drink all the time, all year round. Beautiful.

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Photo of PatandDavid
4.48/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Had two of these yesterday at Anam Cara, very nice beer. It was served in a lovely glass, with a nice little picture of a painter on there that had us all wondering who it was (Rembrandt? Van Gogh?). Pour was a rich cola color, topped with a tan head pocked with small holes. The head lasted the entire beer, which was a nice change from most of the beers I review. I caught a faint woody aroma. This was amazingly smooth, and got my coveted: easy to drink label. For a beer this complex and at that abv...I could have had way more than 2. The mouthfeel was really really nice, I would say a wisp under medium. I got some fruit and yeast in the taste, but what was most intriguing, an interesting 'eggy-ness' in the finish that after some discussion with my fellow BAs, meringue was the consensus. New, unique, flavorful, and easy to drink...I was really pleased.

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Photo of BeerResearcher
4.15/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a tulip shaped glass at A-C.
It pours a dark teak color with a very creamy beige head and a heavy swatch of sticky lace.
A big malty nose pops out at first, but quickly fades. A note of chocolate is noticed.
Tastes of sweet caramel and brown sugar mingle with a slightly pasty maltiness.
A light taste of cloves seems to vanish. In it's place, coriander, pepper and hint of orange zest meander in the background. Slowly, a light milk chocolate flavor emerges.
An edgy bitterness inches forward along with a mild astringent taste, but never quite breaks free of its sweet velvety body.
This is a unique interpretation of the style. It's a brew that I will gladly try again, and I'm quite certain there will be more nearly hidden and trace smells and flavors to enjoy

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Photo of UncleJimbo
4.35/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sampled on tap at The Tap.

This ale poured a clear, deep garnet color with light tan foam that persisted a bit and then clinged to the glass in spots. The smell had a light sweetness to it with malt and dried fruit in the aroma. The smell improved as the beer warmed. The taste was lightly sweet up front with even a touch of sugar and some dried fruit (raisins, figs), caramel, and a hint of alcohol. The mouthfeel was smooth and initially lightly sweet, but then giving way to a dry finish. The body was medium with modest carbonation. The aftertaste was lightly tangy and lingered pleasantly. This was a very enjoyable brew.

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Photo of Truh
4.35/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Tripped the night fantastic with this on 7/6/2004 at AC. 12-ounce (?) pour in a De Koninck glass, and a lovely trough it was.

Initial creamy head, not unlike some oatmeal stouts I’ve had, that subsided down to an attenuated sheet of gentle and sublime airiness. Mahogany hue to a burgundy, deep and phantasmagoric in its complexity. Candy corn sweetness up front, with chewy malt nose. Raspberries, rock candy, and caramel are just some of the enigmatic flavors. Excellent crispness combined with a hearty malt agenda makes this a brew of true excellence.

High points all around for this one. Simply, the presentation combined with the ale itself was an uncharted ocean of goodness, and one that I would willingly explore further.

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Photo of bigbeerdrinka
4.67/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap at Anam Cara

Appearance: A dark brown colored beer which poured a smooth looking off white/chocolate head, which slowly receded the glass with a nice lace.

Smell: Damn this beer smells great. Malt tones are definetly present along with some chocolate tones with a bit of light fruits just finishing in the end.

Taste: What a great taste. Initially this beer hits you with some nice malt flavors, followed by some chocolate and carob tones. Also present are some caramel notes and a bread. This beer finishes up sweet with yet a malted chocolate tone and minor fruits.

Mouthfeel: This beer is reall really smooth and just hits the pallate perfectly. Medium bodied and well balanced.

Drinkability: This beer goes down just like candy. A must try for the style. Smooth, flavorful, and just the right tones of everything.

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King's Slipper from The Tap Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.37 out of 5 with 12 ratings
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